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DIY Summer Fairy Garden

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Fairy gardens are cropping up all over the place, and with our addition of some new web exclusives, you can easily create a fairy garden in your own planter box or backyard. Today we are also laying out some basic materials you’ll need to DIY a fairy garden, followed by some inspiration to help get you started.

  • The space or a container. Prop little fairies and their houses at the base of a tree trunk or in your already-established garden for a little more whimsy this summer. Or, choose a container to create one from scratch. You could use a terracotta planter, a bucket, a wash tub, a wagon and even an outdoor table (see below). Elevate the fairy garden for enhanced visual appeal.
  • Potting soil and plants. You can choose any plants and flowers that you adore, but in addition, we recommend incorporating moss and green leafed plants. You could even use low-maintenance succulents!
  • Wood and rocks. If you’re simply adding a few fairy friends to a garden, consider crafting a makeshift bench or a small rock pathway for added charm. If you’re going all out with a DIY fairy garden, you could construct a mini pergola out of twigs, a small fence out of painted popsicle sticks, and a little patio for the fairies. Adding a small birdbath would also be lovely, and it would provide a nice resting spot for your backyard birds.

A simple fairy garden that emphasizes flowers and plants,
but still exudes joyful storybook charm.


Photo by Alison HodgsonMore home design photos

A little more involved, we love that this fairy garden was made in a vintage red wagon (which means you can move it anywhere on a whim!).


Photo by Cozy Little HouseSearch patio pictures

This adoring fairy garden was (ingeniously) constructed in a table.
It’s even more perfect because of the drop leaves – with this DIY, you can
be charmed by the fairies and still use the table for serving tea to friends.


Photo by Nelson Design Associates, inc.Browse landscape ideas

Our Puppy Love Miniature Garden Fairy and Miniature Garden Wishing Well
are just two of our fairy garden pieces. See the rest here, and send us
pictures of your own DIY fairy gardens this summer!


Puppy Love Miniature Garden Fairy | DIY Fairy GardenMiniature Garden Wishing Well | DIY Fairy Garden

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Get the Look: Timeless Rustic Entryway

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Today’s inspiration comes from a beautifully rustic entryway that offers exceptional function and the down home comforts you might find at a multi-generational homestead. You can get a similar look by shopping our catalog and looking out for antique or flea market furniture that fits the style.

The William Farley House | Photo by Doug Towle | via Houzz

Photo by Doug Towle | via Houzz

The Drop Leaf Table in the room above (via Houzz) is gorgeously designed, so for a look that is both exquisite and rustic, our Harper Leaf Table fits the bill. For a larger footprint (and more tabletop functionality) our Square Drop Leaf Table offers just enough tabletop space while still fitting in a smaller room like this entryway.

Square Drop Leaf Table

Square Drop Leaf Table

Harper Leaf Table

Harper Leaf Table

While the table is the object in the center of our line of sight, the second home accent in this space that caught our eye was the Ladderback Chair.

Our Ladderbacks are handcrafted in North Carolina and we recently added an Arm Chair to the collection – just in time to create this beautiful entryway look!

Ladderback Arm Chair in Black

Ladderback Arm Chair in Black

Seeded Glass Hanging Lantern

Seeded Glass Hanging Lantern

Adorn yours with one of our 28 Braided Chair Pads (most in multiple colors and differing fiber content) to add a little more comfort to the chair and decorative appeal to the room.

Onion Lanterns are staples in historical farmhouses and rustic homes, and our Seeded Glass Hanging Lantern offers similar charm as the Lantern above.

Below the lantern is an Area Rug boasting rich colors and handwoven charm. Many of our Area Rugs have similar qualities, but perhaps best for this space is the Crimson Folk Art Family Rug. Its warmth is apparent even in a photo, and tells a tale of hard work, family values and natural beauty exemplified by rural life.

What is your favorite part of this entryway? Have you found the perfect pieces to make your home a rustic charmer? Share your inspiration and stories in a comment below, and if you’re interested in any of the Sturbridge Yankee Workshop home furnishings shown here, just click on their pictures.

Crimson Folk Art Family Rug Runner

Crimson Folk Art Family Floor Runner

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Fun Fourth of July Decor

Friday, June 30th, 2017

The first July weekend is upon us, and while Independence Day isn’t until Tuesday, we know you’ve been decorating patriotically all summer long (or all year long). Here are five fun Fourth of July decorating ideas you can accomplish this weekend, or do for fun on the Fourth with friends and family.

Gather on the porch and hang up a banner or two, decorate your planters with mini American flags and hang up your large version on a flagpole or next to the front door.
Go the extra mile with red, white and blue chairs for sitting on and enjoying the day.

Photo by Bell InteriorsDiscover porch design inspiration

Have fun with glassware and place settings on your picnic table by color coordinating them with the colors of Old Glory, and perhaps your red, white and blue dishes and desserts!

Photo by ClassicaMore home design photos

Head inside and hang a DIY banner over or on your dining table.
A bold runner can reinforce a a simple yet elegant Americana look.

Photo by Glory HausDiscover dining room design inspiration

Dig out that mini Christmas tree or get a white mini tree and decorate with red, white and blue
ornaments, ribbon, stars and other Independence Day decoratives.

Photo by Lisa’s Creative DesignsSearch living room pictures

And would it be a true country celebration without a few Mason jars?
Okay, yes, but adding them definitely won’t hurt, either! This fun DIY transforms plain Mason jars into patriotic lanterns for your patio, porch or indoor party.

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